Building Block 2: Support with Digestive Superfoods
You may have heard the phrase, “If the gut is not healthy, neither is the rest of the body”!
How your digestive system functions directly impacts the immune system and the liver. Your immune system determines how you are able to live in the world around you—whether you are adequately protected against invaders or if your body attacks itself. Cancers and auto-immune disorders have a link to poor gut health and the resulting poor immune function.
The liver is responsible for maintaining a clean house—all the millions of dead cells and other toxic residue of metabolism have to be cleared, daily, and a healthy liver is essential for this process.
Digestive Superfoods: Friendly Bacteria
Probiotics (Greek words meaning, for life) are comprised of the billions of live microbial organisms found in a healthy human gut. They provide numerous beneficial effects on our health. In fact, we need them. If you don’t have the ‘good guys’, your gut will fill up with ‘the bad guys’—including candida and other dangerous bacteria.
In fact, your gut contains more bacterial DNA than the rest of your body combined! And, as Dr. Stephen Holt, MD, author of Natural Ways to Digestive Health, says, “The gastrointestinal tract is a huge body of nervous tissue”. You have one, single, huge nervous system that lines the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and the colon. Scientists consider this system a single entity, even referring to it as the body’s “second brain”.
Research surrounding the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of (your condition) is extremely enticing.
Researchers keep finding that depression, fear and a variety of mood related problems may appear to be linked to an imbalance of bacteria in the gut!
A study published recently in Neurogastroenterology & Motility found that mice that lack gut bacteria were found to behave differently from normal mice, engaging in what would be referred to as “high-risk behavior.” This changed behavior was accompanied by neurochemical changes in the mouse brain.
According to the authors of the study, microbiota (your gut flora) may play a role in the communication between your gut and your brain:
“Acquisition of intestinal microbiota [immediately after birth] has a defining impact on the development and function of the gastrointestinal, immune, neuroendocrine and metabolic systems. For example, the presence of gut microbiota regulates the set point for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity.”
What does this mean? That the bacteria in your gut play an important role in how your adrenal and emotional systems function.
An interesting fact is that the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and behavior changes, is found in the intestines, not the brain!
This may explain why many people with poor gut health have symptoms of constipation, allergies, candidiasis, bloating, ringing in the ears, fungus on toe nails—and more.
Therefore, it makes perfect sense to nourish the gut flora with friendly bacteria for optimal serotonin function as it can have a profound impact on one’s mood, psychological health and behavior. Since anyone with a chronic problem like (your condition) is often affected by low-grade depression, I recommend that you ensure adequate intake of friendly bacteria on a daily basis.
If you are in the first stages of working towards healing a health condition, you need to supplement with different probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus and other types of friendly bacteria).
From the books I have read on probiotics, I have learned that a proven super-strain of acidophilus is the strain DDS-1. It has been widely researched and its abilities documented by renowned experts scientists such as Dr. Khem Shahani at the University of Nebraska. It has powerful anti-carcinogenic properties and produces effective natural antibiotic substances which can deactivate eleven known disease causing bacteria.
While there are 200 different strains of L. acidophilus, some 13 of which have quite strong antibiotic qualities but DDS-1 was shown by Dr. Shahani and his colleagues to be the most effective against pathogens.
I highly recommend the following three probiotic products:
• DDS-1 Acidophilus The best product has DDS-1 Lactobacillus acidophilus and wild-crafted micro algae. The minerals in this type of micro algae “turbocharge” the friendly bacteria, making them multiply faster than any other Lactobacillus product currently available in the market.
• Bifidobacterium bifidum micro-blended with wild-crafted micro algae. Bifidus is extremely important for colon health; promotes regularity; and helps produce B12, an essential brain and nerve vitamin and which most people are deficient of.
• Full-spectrum multi-probiotic formula made with the following ingredients:
Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarius, Streptococcus faecium, Streptococcus thermophilus, Aceola and Rose Hips blend, wild-crafted micro Algae, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lipase, Amylase, Protease, Cellulase.
Digestive Superfoods: Enzymes
Enzymes are a superfood because of their ability to support nearly every facet of health through correct digestion. Enzymes offer a nearly miraculous enhancement of the digestion of cooked or processed meals. For those who deal with bloating, gas, excess acid, tiredness after a meal, or any type of digestive woe, enzymes are your best friend!
Food enzymes can be isolated from pineapples, papayas, figs; and from animal sourced pancreas.
All of these isolated enzymes, from fruits and pancreatic enzymes, have a very narrow range of activity with regard to intestinal pH and also the types of foods they are able to effectively break down.
The best type of enzyme supplement for digestive purposes are enzymes grown on Aspergillus orzyae (plant-based enzymes). These enzymes function and are able to be active in a very wide intestinal pH range – from 2 to 12.
Enzymes require minerals as cofactors. Therefore, enzymes microblended with wild-crafted microalgae offers a powerful increase in enzyme activity and potency because of the very high mineral content of the algae.
The enzyme supplement I recommend has the following ingredients:
Amylase, protease, lipase, cellulase, lactase, fennel, ginger, cayenne and wild-crafted micro algae.
OTHER DIGESTIVE SUPPORT FOODS
Healthy Sodium Sodium plays a vital role in digestion. Sodium or salt is necessary for balancing fluids and pH in the intestinal tract. The best source of organic sodium or salt is found in green and sea vegetables and not commercial salt (sodium chloride). Commercial salt is inorganic (ionic) minerals. The human body does not possess any enzymes strong enough to break the ionic bonds found in inorganic minerals.
Sea Vegetables (i.e., kombu, hijiki, kelp, micro algae) or juicing green vegetables daily offers the body organic minerals required to help digestion. Sufficient sodium enables the body to manufacture watery bicarbonates used to neutralize over acid stomach contents. Foods can then be well digested.
In addition, in many diseases, the production of hydrochloric acid is low—and it this lack of enough HC that causes symptoms such as heartburn and indigestion. Low stomach acid can be addressed with sufficient daily intake of organic sodium.
One of the best and quick ways of making sure you are getting sufficient sodium in your body is to juice or eat celery and zucchini every day. These two vegetables give the body a natural diuretic effect and aid in the elimination of carbon dioxide from the body. The sodium content will neutralize acid ash residue of acidic foods in the body.
High quality dietary fiber As you increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, you will be getting high quality dietary fiber. Research has shown the health benefits of a diet high in fiber. The benefits include regularity, lower cholesterol, and stabilized blood sugar levels.
To maintain intestinal hygiene, you need about 35 to 40 grams of different fiber sources everyday (e.g., bran, cellulose, lignin, pectin, etc.), all found in different organically grown, ripe seasonal fruits, whole grains, and colorful vegetables. Eating these foods provides the added fiber that will bulk up in your intestines, gently sweeping the colon clean of extra estrogen, hormones, toxins, waste debris of cellular metabolism and soak up excess cholesterol. Do not try to “mega-dose” on one type of fiber, like oat bran, as you need different basic fibers for proper bowel cleansing.
Do make a mental note that the following foods in particular are known to add to the healthy condition of your intestine, specifically because of their fiber content:
Chia seeds Besides being a well-rounded source of both the insoluble and soluble fibers, chia seeds are a rich source of plant protein, potassium, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Prunes Few foods contain both insoluble and soluble fibers and prunes just happen to be one of these foods. Consume it either raw or dried as a healthy snack. Three pieces of dried prunes will give you 4.2 grams of fiber.
Mangos From a personal experience, I find fresh mangos to help tremendously with colon health in general.
Unheated, Organic Coconut Oil: Candida albicans overgrowth is common among people who have many chronic diseases. Candida albicans is a type of yeast-like fungus that can cause weakening of the immune system and an infection known as candidiasis.
Unheated, organic coconut oil is a great product for fighting infections. When coconut oil is consumed, the body transforms its unique fatty acids into powerful anti-microbial powerhouses capable of defeating some of the most notorious disease-causing microorganisms. Even the super germs are vulnerable to these lifesaving coconut derivatives. Coconut oil is, in essence, a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent.
The most effective coconut oil is unheated/raw, organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that has its enzymes and vitamins active and alive. My favorite product is called Coco De Creme.
Raw organically grown garlic Garlic is well known to be the ultimate food for fighting many digestive ‘bad bugs’, including candida albicans. Garlic is best used fresh. Raw organic garlic destroys bacteria and boosts immune function.
Garlic is high in sulfur, which is one of the most important minerals needed by your body to do its detoxification work.
To maximize garlic’s superlative antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitical activity, use it in the following way:
Before going to sleep at night, finely chop 2 cloves of garlic. Put the chopped garlic on a tablespoon and swallow it with water. Do not chew it. There will be absolutely no garlic odor on your breath if you do not chew the garlic.
Your first bowel movement in the morning will have a garlic odor. This is a wonderful sign that this super food was active in your GI tract while you were sleeping and regenerating. Garlic tirelessly patrols your intestinal tract all night long as a “toxic-garbage cop” helping to neutralize, dismantle, and eliminate bacteria, viruses, parasites and carcinogens.
Build up to 3 cloves every night. Do not eat raw garlic more than 4 weeks in a row.
Teas to support digestive repair
The following sweet herbs can be mixed and used daily as a tea to support intestinal health. I recommend that you use this tea once or twice a day for the first three months.
The ingredients for the tea are anise, caraway and fennel seeds plus ginger. Take a heaping teaspoon of each of the different seeds and add water to make a cup of tea. Slice two or three thin pieces of organic fresh ginger. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes. This tea is very calming to the stomach, especially if you are going through any uncomfortable detoxification symptoms. It reduces gas, nausea and bloating. Ginger is known to be a very strong antibacterial and antifungal agent.
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More Superfood Information
A summary of the digestive superfood supplements I recommend as digestive aids
- Enzymes microblended with wild-crafted microalga
- Acidophilus microblended with wild-crafted microalgae
- Bifidus microblended with wild-crafted micro algae
- Full spectrum probiotics microblended with wild-crafted microalgae
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To learn more about the other Superfood Building Blocks and their specific recommended supplements:
• The Superfoods Health Model
• Nourish with Superfoods
• Protect with Antioxidant Superfoods
• Renew with Specialized Superfood Formulas
The statements on this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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